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Ty France has 5 hits, 5 RBIs as Mariners outslug KC 13-7

Apr 23, 2022, 11:09 PM | Updated: Apr 24, 2022, 12:06 am
SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - APRIL 23: Ty France #23 of the Seattle Mariners reacts after his three run home run during the eighth inning against the Kansas City Royals at T-Mobile Park on April 23, 2022 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images) SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - APRIL 23: J.P. Crawford #3 of the Seattle Mariners celebrates his two run home run with Ty France #23 against the Kansas City Royals during the first inning at T-Mobile Park on April 23, 2022 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images) 
              Seattle Mariners' Julio Rodriguez reacts after earning a bases-loaded walk from Kansas City Royals relief pitcher Jake Brentz during the eighth inning of a baseball game Saturday, April 23, 2022, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Stephen Brashear)
            
              Seattle Mariners' Ty France is congratulated by Julio Rodriguez after hitting a three-run home run off of Kansas City Royals relief pitcher Dylan Coleman that also scored Rodriguez and Eugenio Suarez during the eighth inning of a baseball game, Saturday, April 23, 2022, in Seattle. The Mariners won 13-7. (AP Photo/Stephen Brashear)
            
              Seattle Mariners' Diego Castillo gestures as he leaves the field after pitching during the eighth inning of the team's baseball game against the Kansas City Royals, Saturday, April 23, 2022, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Stephen Brashear)
            
              Seattle Mariners' Julio Rodriguez, right, scores on a single by Ty France while Kansas City Royals catcher Cam Gallagher waits for the throw during the seventh inning of a baseball game Saturday, April 23, 2022, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Stephen Brashear)
            
              Seattle Mariners' Julio Rodriguez is congratulated by J.P. Crawford after scoring on a single by Ty France against the Kansas City Royals during the seventh inning of a baseball game Saturday, April 23, 2022, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Stephen Brashear)
            
              Kansas City Royals' Carlos Santana, right, is congratulated by Salvador Perez after hitting a two-run home run off Seattle Mariners relief pitcher Yohan Ramirez during the seventh inning of a baseball game Saturday, April 23, 2022, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Stephen Brashear)
            
              Kansas City Royals' Salvador Perez grimaces next to a trainer after being hit by a pitch during the seventh inning of the team's baseball game against the Seattle Mariners, Saturday, April 23, 2022, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Stephen Brashear)
            
              Seattle Mariners' Julio Rodriguez hits a double off Kansas City Royals relief pitcher Ronald Bolanos during the fifth inning of a baseball game, Saturday, April 23, 2022, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Stephen Brashear)
            SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - APRIL 23: Julio Rodriguez #44 of the Seattle Mariners reacts after his double against the Kansas City Royals during the fifth inning at T-Mobile Park on April 23, 2022 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images) SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - APRIL 23: Julio Rodriguez #44 of the Seattle Mariners scores a run against the Kansas City Royals during the seventh inning at T-Mobile Park on April 23, 2022 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images) SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - APRIL 23: Julio Rodriguez #44 of the Seattle Mariners scores a run against the Kansas City Royals during the seventh inning at T-Mobile Park on April 23, 2022 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images) SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - APRIL 23: Eugenio Suarez #28 of the Seattle Mariners reacts after his RBI double against the Kansas City Royals during the sixth inning at T-Mobile Park on April 23, 2022 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images) SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - APRIL 23: Matt Brash #47 of the Seattle Mariners pitches during the first inning against the Kansas City Royals at T-Mobile Park on April 23, 2022 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images) SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - APRIL 23: J.P. Crawford #3 of the Seattle Mariners watches his two run home run against the Kansas City Royals during the first inning at T-Mobile Park on April 23, 2022 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images) SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - APRIL 23: J.P. Crawford #3 of the Seattle Mariners celebrates his two run home run against the Kansas City Royals during the first inning at T-Mobile Park on April 23, 2022 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images) SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - APRIL 23: Jesse Winker #27 and Ty France #23 of the Seattle Mariners celebrate France's three run home run during the eighth inning against the Kansas City Royals at T-Mobile Park on April 23, 2022 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images) SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - APRIL 23: Jesse Winker #27 and J.P. Crawford #3 of the Seattle Mariners celebrate their 13-7 win against the Kansas City Royals at T-Mobile Park on April 23, 2022 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images) SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - APRIL 23: Julio Rodriguez #44 of the Seattle Mariners reacts after his walk drives in Donovan Walton #8 during the eighth inning against the Kansas City Royals at T-Mobile Park on April 23, 2022 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images) SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - APRIL 23: Jesse Winker #27 of the Seattle Mariners watches his RBI double during the eighth inning against the Kansas City Royals at T-Mobile Park on April 23, 2022 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images) SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - APRIL 23: Tom Murphy #2 of the Seattle Mariners scores on a double by Jesse Winker #27 during the eighth inning against the Kansas City Royals at T-Mobile Park on April 23, 2022 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images) SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - APRIL 23: Jesse Winker #27 of the Seattle Mariners reacts during the seventh inning against the Kansas City Royals at T-Mobile Park on April 23, 2022 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images)

SEATTLE (AP) — Ty France had five hits, including a three-run homer, and the Seattle Mariners beat the Kansas City Royals 13-7 on Saturday night.

Mariners 13, Royals 7: Box score

Royals reliever Jake Brentz (0-3) walked four straight batters to open the eighth inning. His bases-loaded free pass to Julio Rodríguez allowed Donovan Walton to score the go-ahead run. Jesse Winker then drove in two runs with a double to make it 10-7 before France homered to center field.

“Those were great at-bats throughout to put us in that situation,” Mariners acting manager Kristopher Negrón said. “Everybody was just kind of stringing them all together. Hits are contagious, but pitches and dominating zones are contagious, too.”

France, who had five RBIs, became the first Mariners player with five or more hits in a game since Dee-Strange Gordon on May 1, 2018.

“I’m just getting on time,” France said. “When I’m on time, I’m able to react to pitches, lay off bad pitches and put good swings on pitches. That’s basically what it comes down to for me. When things are going well, it just means my timing’s right and I’m able to get that good swing off.”

Seattle had seven extra-base hits. J.P. Crawford had two hits, including a two-run homer in the first.

Diego Castillo (1-0) pitched a perfect eighth for the win.

The Royals entered the seventh trailing 6-4. Carlos Santana tied it with a two-run homer to right field before Edward Olivares gave Kansas City the lead with an RBI double.

“They really fought to get us back and give us a lead,” Royals manager Mike Matheny said. “To give that up usually takes a little more out of you.”

France drove in a run with a single in the bottom of the inning.

“When (France) gets in the box,” Negrón said, “he’s ready to do some damage from the first pitch.”

Abraham Toro’s ground-rule double in the third drove in Eugenio Suárez and put the Mariners up 5-1. Toro was the last batter to face Royals starter Kris Bubic, who gave up seven hits and five runs in two innings.

Kansas City scored three times in the fifth.

With the bases loaded and one out, Hunter Dozier singled to score Andrew Benintendi. A throwing error by Crawford at shortstop allowed Salvador Perez to score. Bobby Witt Jr. then drove in Santana with a single.

“I don’t think there was any panic,” France said. “We know the lineup we have and how deep we are.”

A double by Suárez scored France in the sixth to give the Mariners a two-run lead heading into the seventh.

Seattle starter Matt Brash pitched 4 1/3 innings, allowing five hits and three runs.

“We never stop fighting,” Rodríguez said. “That’s who we are. I love this team because of that. We never stop fighting. We just kept on going. We never had a second thought that we might lose this game. We were going for the win.”

MINOR TRADE

The Mariners acquired outfielder Stuart Fairchild from Arizona for cash. Fairchild will report to Triple-A Tacoma. Infielder Kevin Padlo was designated for assignment.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Royals: Perez was hit in the hand by Yohan Ramirez’s fastball in the seventh inning. He remained in the game. … OF Michael A. Taylor got the night off. He’s expected to return to the lineup for Sunday’s series finale.

Mariners: None of the players or coaches who tested positive for COVID-19 have rejoined the team yet.

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Royals: LHP Carlos Hernandez (0-0, 7.27 ERA) makes his third start of the season Sunday nd first against the Mariners.

Mariners: LHP Robbie Ray (2-1, 4.19), last year’s AL Cy Young Award winner, makes his fourth start of the season and first against the Royals.

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